DJ Slatz to rock SA fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LO­CAL disc spin­ner, DJ Slatz, is billed to once again per­form at the Thaba Nchu Easter Fes­ti­val pen­ciled for 3 April in South Africa’s Free State prov­ince.

DJ Slatz will be per­form­ing at the sixth edi­tion of the an­nual fete which show­cases South African tal­ent with the ul­ti­mate goal of be­com­ing an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised event on the global en­ter­tain­ment cal­en­dar.

At the fes­ti­val DJ Slatz will be rub­bing shoul­ders with the who’s who of the South African en­ter­tain­ment scene as well as new­com­ers. The line-up will be in two sec­tions with the School of 90s, which boasts the likes of Spikiri, Alaska, DJ Chris­tos, Glen­sta and Sf@te to name a few up against new kids on the block such as KO, Ms Cosmo, Sphe & Naves, DJ Clock, DJ Nyoso, Bob­sta and 2Nyce.

Speak­ing to the Week­ender this week, the em­cee said his in­ten­tion was to blow rev­el­ers away at the fes­ti­val and fly the Moun­tain King­dom’s flag high.

“I have al­ways been on the fes­ti­val’s lineup since it started five years ago af­ter the fes­ti­val’s or­ga­nizer took note of my tal­ents when I played at Mahun­gra in Bloem­fontein back in the day,” said DJ Slatz.

“The big­gest chal­lenge we, as pro­fes­sional dee­jays face, is hav­ing to play a dif­fer­ent set at each per­for­mance which will turn the crowd into a frenzy.

“The other thing is that the youth of to­day are more into Hip Hop which com­pels me to play mu­sic that will ap­peal to them as the tar­get mar­ket. So I usu­ally mix old school Kwaito with the re­cent House tunes.”

The Morija-born dee­jay, who is now based in Ha-mabote, has been in the mu­sic in­dus­try for 20 years as a disc spin­ner, per­form­ing artist un­der the group Big Potato, and a pro­ducer. Last Novem­ber, he won the Best Pro­ducer Award at the Ul­ti­mate Mu­sic Awards.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence that I have as a dee­jay com­pelled me to write songs as well as be­com­ing one of the big­gest pro­duc­ers in the coun­try,” he said.

“All th­ese as­pects gave birth to the fourmem­ber Kwaito group known to fans as Big Potato. The aim was to di­ver­sify my mu­sic ca­reer to of­fer the au­di­ence dif­fer­ent sounds.”

DJ Clock will also per­form at the event.

DJ Slatz (right) play­ing along­side Dal­las T in this file pic.

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